Southern Oregon Nordic Club
Wednesday, Jan. 11: Ski tour led by Stefanie Ferrara is planned. Destination to be determined. Call 541-890-2979 for details.
Friday-Sunday, Jan. 20-22: Weekend outing is planned at Mount Shasta Nordic Center with various ski clinics and tours. For details, call Karen and Edgar Hee at 541-734-4872.
Saturday, Jan. 21: Ski tour at Buck Prairie led by Kellie Barry and Seldom. Call 541-821-7147 for details.
Sunday, Jan. 22: Ski tour, destination to be determined, led by Stefanie Ferrara. Call 541-890-2979 for details.
Wednesday, Jan. 25: Eight-mile ski tour on Mount McLoughlin Trail to Summit Snow Park led by Stefanie Ferrara. Call 541-890-2979 for details.
Saturday, Jan. 28: Easy, four-mile ski tour on Moon Prairie to Deadwood Snow Park led by Pat Fuhrman and Bobbie Plummer. Call 541-488-5003 for details.
Sunday, Jan. 29: Intermediate, seven-mile ski tour, destination to be determined, led by Pat Fuhrman. Call 541-690-5575 for details.
Monday-Friday, Feb. 6-10: Ski week at Diamond Lake. For details, call Stefanie Ferrara at 541-890-2979.
Rogue Valley Walkers
Saturday, Jan. 14: 10K walk in Jacksonville will begin at 10 a.m. in the parking lot on D Street. Gather across the bridge from the library beside the park. A 5K option is also available.
Saturday, Jan. 28: 10K walk to explore historic Grants Pass begins at 10 a.m. at Rays Food Place on 7th Street. Savage Street is a convenient cross street with access to 7th. There is also a shorter 5K option.
Saturday, Jan. 14: 5th annual 5K and 10K run begins at 9:30 a.m. at Madrone Trail Public Charter School, 3070 Ross Lane, Central Point. Cost is $10. Race-day registration from 8:30 to 9:15 a.m. See www.sorunners.org for details and entry form.
Dragon Flight 5K Run
Saturday, Feb. 4: Easy fun run starts at 8 a.m. at Bigham Knoll, 525 E. E St., Jacksonville. For information, call the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce at 541-899-8118 or see the race calendar at www.sorunners.org.
Couple Truffle Shuffle
Saturday, Feb. 11: Annual couples' 5K and 10K run starts at 9 a.m. at Griffin Creek School, 2430 Griffin Creek Road, Medford. For details, call race director Susan Holt at 541-857-8002 or see www.sorunners.org.
Rogue River Run
Saturday, Feb. 18: A half marathon begins at 10 a.m. and a 5K starts at 10:10 a.m. at Fleming Park, adjacent to the Rogue River. Both races start under the Rogue River Bridge on the Rogue River Greenway bike path. For details, call race director Stan Goodell 541-660-7958 or see www.sorunners.org.
Recurring road rides
Every Saturday: A brisk, two- to four-hour ride begins at 9 a.m. at Cycle Sport in Medford. The course changes from week to week. Call ride leader Alex Hayes for details at 541-857-0819.
Every Saturday: Mellow 20-mile ride (10-12 mph) begins at 10 a.m. Location and route varies. Call David Gibb at 541-899-9030 for details.
Every Saturday: Slo-Mo ride begins at 9 a.m. and covers 14 to 18 miles. Starting location varies. For details, call Phil Gagnon at 541-488-4289.
Every Sunday: A 20-mile training ride begins at 1 p.m. along the bike path behind Bad Ass Coffee Co. in Medford. Race pace. No ride leader.
Every Sunday: Cycle Analysis in Jacksonville hosts a 2- to 3-hour road ride at 8 a.m. All fitness levels welcome. Riders regroup at major intersections, and there are cut-off spots to make the ride shorter if needed. Contact Jana Jenson at 541-899-9190, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Every Monday: Siskiyou Velo Club 25-mile coffee ride begins at 10:30 a.m. at Colver Park in Phoenix and journeys to Jacksonville. Gently rolling terrain, brisk pace. No ride leader.
Every Wednesday: A 25- to 40-mile Siskiyou Velo Club show-and-go ride begins at 11 a.m. at Rogue Valley Roasting Co. in Ashland. Moderate terrain, brisk pace. No ride leader.
Recurring mountain bike rides
Every Tuesday and Thursday, Ashland: Rides organized by the crew at Ashland Cycle Sport, 191 Oak St., Ashland. Meet at the Plaza in Ashland at 6:30 p.m. Riders of all abilities are welcome on the Tuesday ride, which usually lasts until dark. The Thursday ride is usually longer (2 to 2 1/2 hours) and faster paced. Lights are highly recommended. Helmets and a safe, functioning bike are required. Call Scott at 541-488-0581 for further information. Website is at www.roguecycle.com.
Every Wednesday, Jacksonville: Starting at 6 p.m., Cycle Analysis hosts a two-hour ride on either the Britt trails in Jacksonville or nearby John's Peak, which has almost 200 miles of trails. All comers are welcome — no age or ability limits. Helmets are mandatory and lights are required during the winter. Contact Jana Jenson at 541-899-9190, or email email@example.com.
Every Saturday, Medford: This ride starts at Medford Cycle Sport, and the course varies from week to week, but riders can expect a brisk road ride that lasts 2 to 4 hours. Most rides include at least one (but usually two or three) 1- to 3-mile climbs. Call Alex at 541-857-0819 for information and starting time. Website is at www.roguecycle.com.
Saturday, Jan. 7: Help count birds that visit the feeders at North Mountain Park Nature Center in Ashland while learning to identify species with expert help. This is a chance for all-level birders to get acquainted with local birds and mingle with other birders. The program runs every Saturday through March and rotates each week between North Mountain Park and Jefferson Nature Center in Medford. The information collected is submitted to Cornell University's FeederWatch project, a nationwide bird-monitoring effort. Children 10 and older are welcome, but should be accompanied by an adult. No registration required. Binoculars and field guides are available for use. For information on the JNC counts, email Judd Hurley at firstname.lastname@example.org. For details on the North Mountain Park sessions, email Denny Niebuhr at email@example.com or call the nature center at 541-488-6606.
Annual Dipper Count
Saturday, Jan. 7: The Rogue Valley Audubon Society will hold its annual dipper walk along Ashland Creek. Members will meet 9:30 a.m. at the Ashland Plaza. During the 12 years of this bird count, the group has counted an average of five dippers per trip. The group will walk both sides of Ashland Creek through Lithia Park for a distance of 1.7 miles one way. For information, see www.roguevalleyaudubon.org/fieldtrips.html
Native Plant Society
Thursday, Jan. 19: Lee Webb and Linda Mullens will present a photo overview titled “Botanical Wonders: Siskiyou Portion of the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest,” containing a look at some of the special plants and botanical areas in the region, including the recently developed TJ Howell Botanical Drive. The meeting is at in the Science Building at Southern Oregon University, Room 171. Refreshments at 7:15 p.m.; meeting and program strat at 7:30. For details, call Kristi at 541-941-3744.
Saturday, Jan. 7: Learn to weave baskets from natural and readily available materials. Class is from 1 to 3 p.m. at Jefferson Nature Center. No experience required. All ages welcome. Cost is $35. Preregistration recommended as spaces are limited. For information, contact Morgan at 541-482-0513 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, Jan. 14: Learn to cook gourmet meals over an open flame from 1 to 3 p.m. at Jefferson Nature Center. No experience required. All ages welcome. Cost is $15. For information, contact Morgan at 541-482-0513 or email@example.com.
Saturday, Jan. 28: Learn to make a water container, spoon or other kitchenware using only pieces of wood and a campfire using the age-old skill of wood sculpting with fire. Class runs from 1 to 3 p.m. at Jefferson Nature Center. Cost is $15. For information, contact Morgan at 541-482-0513 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, Feb. 4: Introduction to tracking fundamentals. Class is 1 to 3 p.m. at Jefferson Nature Center. Cost is $15. For information, contact Morgan at 541-482-0513 or email@example.com.
Thursday, Feb. 9: Exploration of landscape design ideas that enhance the beauty, function and sustainability of your yard and property, with a special focus on rain gardens. Class at Jefferson Nature Center is from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Cost is $15. For information, contact Morgan at 541-482-0513 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, Feb. 18: An introduction into stalking and movement steps and awareness techniques that will reveal the subtle movements of the wild. Class is 1 to 3 p.m. at Jefferson Nature Center. Cost is $15. For information, contact Morgan at 541-482-0513 or email@example.com.
Saturday, March 10: Learn to make arrowheads, knives, axes and other tools from stone by hand and in short practice. Flint-knapping class at Jefferson Nature Center is from 1 to 3 p.m. Cost is $15. For information, contact Morgan at 541-482-0513 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, March 24: Learn to identify edible and medicinal wild foods and make use of basic medicinal preparations. Class is 1 to 3 p.m. at Jefferson Nature Center. Cost is $15. For information, contact Morgan at 541-482-0513 or email@example.com.